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Puerto VallartaMexico

Swim, snorkel or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular vacation spots in sunny Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is an oceanfront city on the west coast of Mexico. The area began as a collection of sleepy fishing and pearl-diving villages. Today, the city and surrounding parts of the Bay of Banderas (Bahía de Banderas) are popular with tourists as a resort destination. You will find a range of outdoor family activities here, from water sports to secluded beaches and botanical gardens.

The Bay of Banderas is a 62-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of beach with rocky outcrops, white sand and clear water. Puerto Vallarta is the largest community here, and is home to the elegant Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Snorkel or scuba dive off the coast and see manta rays, sea bass and dolphins.

Las Caletas is a small, private beach accessible only by water. Take the Vallarta Adventures catamaran to go on hikes in the jungle, visit a small zoo and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. The beach is the former private residence of Hollywood director John Huston.

Take an evening stroll along the Malecon, the pedestrian promenade that lines the Puerto Vallarta coast. The area is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists and is lined with restaurants, street performers and food vendors. Enjoy a cool tejuino, a local drink made with fermented corn, or buy grilled fish by the skewer.

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens give insight into the local wildlife and vegetation. The gardens include conservation areas dedicated to the blue agave plant, used in tequila production, as well as native vanilla orchids.

Puerto Vallarta is particularly popular between January and March. Gostavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is a short bus trip from the city center. Get around the city on foot or by local buses, which are cheap and run frequently. Try taco stands for cheap street food, or the cafés and restaurants in the old town for sit-down meals.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Puerto Vallarta page.

Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Romantic Zone

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,569 area reviews)

Playa de los Muertos and Olas Altas Street are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Romantic Zone. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops.

Romantic Zone
Malecon which includes a coastal town, markets and street scenes

Downtown Puerto Vallarta

4.5/5Wonderful!(404 area reviews)

Downtown Puerto Vallarta is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Malecon or Camarones Beach while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta
Discovered it as I was walking along the coast

Conchas Chinas

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,034 area reviews)

Notable for its beaches, restaurants, and shopping, Conchas Chinas is a sought-after destination for many travelers visiting Zona sur. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Playa de los Muertos or Malecon.

Conchas Chinas
The Church of Guadalupe

South Shore Hotel Area

4.5/5Wonderful!(359 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of South Shore Hotel Area. Make a stop by Playa de los Muertos or Garza Blanca Beach while you're exploring the area.

South Shore Hotel Area
There is something about sunsets that l always love

Las Glorias

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,120 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Las Glorias is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Playa Las Glorias and La Isla.

Las Glorias
Took a stroll to the beach...

Marina Vallarta

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Marina Vallarta is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out El Faro Lighthouse and Marina Golf Club.

Marina Vallarta

Top Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Krystal Vallarta
Krystal Vallarta
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Las Garzas, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is $96 per night

Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon and Bay of Banderas are also within 3 mi ...

3.4/5Good! (1,021 reviews)

"Great location Right on the beach Resort amenities Although we were there just overnight during the Coronavirus & most of the restaurants & pools were closed the staff was still accommodating & very pleasant"…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

Krystal Vallarta
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta & Spa Hotel - All Inclusive
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta & Spa Hotel - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio km 2.5, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
The price is $200 per night

Nestled on the beach, this South Hotel Zone property is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Isla and Cruise Ship Terminal. Malecon is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,263 reviews)

"the resort is beautiful, super clean. Israel and irashi from the pool bar, Juan and Antonio from the lobby bar were all extremely friendly as well as the rest of the employees. The only downside was that they didn’t have much activities planned. Overall, great experience and would definitely visit ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta & Spa Hotel - All Inclusive
Iberostar Selection Playa Mita All Inclusive
Iberostar Selection Playa Mita All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Comercial Camino Ingreso a Litibú, Lote 15, Higuera Blanca, NAY
The price is $233 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive property is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from El Anclote Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Punta De Mita Beach and Pacifico ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,036 reviews)

"Staff seems genuinely caring. Golf on site is nice. Good beach"…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Iberostar Selection Playa Mita All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Puerto Vallarta

Malecon
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Malecon

4.5/5(2,970 reviews)

Sip coconut water, eat grilled fish and check out the shopping and entertainment at this beachside promenade.

Bay of Banderas
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Bay of Banderas

4.5/5(1,794 reviews)

This stretch of Mexican coastline has sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and ideal spots to swim, surf or snorkel.

Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4.5/5(1,099 reviews)

Choose from a variety of water sports, watch dramatic sunsets and, in the right season, spot nesting sea turtles and migrating whales at this beach on Banderas Bay.

Playa de los Muertos
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Playa de los Muertos

4.5/5(1,026 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Playa de los Muertos, a popular beach in Puerto Vallarta. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Las Caletas Beach
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Las Caletas Beach

4.5/5(661 reviews)

This secluded beach, once owned by a Hollywood legend, is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying the region’s fresh seafood. 

Vallarta Adventures
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Vallarta Adventures

4.5/5(1,272 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Vallarta Adventures, a well-known attraction in Nuevo Vallarta. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the adventure tours.

Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Guided City Tour Lunch & Tequila Tasting
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Puerto Vallarta Guided City Tour Lunch & Tequila Tasting

78% of travellers recommend
$65
Per adult
Zipline Adventure, Speed Boat Ride & River Fun - Los Veranos
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Zipline Adventure, Speed Boat Ride & River Fun - Los Veranos

98% of travellers recommend
$79
Per adult
The Original Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour
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The Original Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

94% of travellers recommend
$54
Per adult
Luxury Sailing
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Luxury Sailing

94% of travellers recommend
$119
Per adult
Puerto Vallarta Guided ATV Tour Adventure
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Puerto Vallarta Guided ATV Tour Adventure

78% of travellers recommend
$58
Per adult
Zipline Tour with Mule Ride & Tequila Tasting
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Zipline Tour with Mule Ride & Tequila Tasting

100% of travellers recommend
$85
Per adult

Reviews of Puerto Vallarta

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 67.24832214765101%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.91275167785235%
3 - Okay
205
3 - Okay 4.586129753914989%
2 - Disappointing
44
2 - Disappointing 0.9843400447427293%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2684563758389262%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

Food, shops, quaintness, charm, all so great. Very few bumbs, great weather, great beaches, lots to do. I hope to retire there, at least part time in the future. And they have a COSTCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

Beautiful city, very safe and clean, friendly people and beautiful beaches!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Other people at other places in Puerto Vallarta were very friendly and happy to see tourist

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Very peaceful and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

Excellent, safe, clean and the most friendly people you can meet.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

Visit it’s beautiful

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